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Christmas In Atlantic

Living in Atlantic is nice!

The Des Moines Register calls Atlantic one of Iowa's holiday, "...bright spots where Main Street retail is robust."

From Thanksgiving to New Years, Atlantic is Iowa's City of Lights! Be dazzled by more than 200,000 LED lights in a stretch of 6 blocks of historic buildings filled with gift shops, clothing stores and boutiques. Check out some of the Atlantic Area Chamber events while enjoying Christmas in Atlantic.

Grand Lighting 

Light up historic downtown with a sparkling cider toast welcoming Santa and his reindeer to town and the unveiling of Santa’s new hand-built chair at Grand Lighting on November 20, sponsored by MAHLE Engine Components and CornerStone Landscaping, at 5:30 PM in the Atlantic City Park. There will be free horse-drawn carriage rides, hot coco and popcorn in Santa’s Cabin, a photo booth and the Chamber’s Annual Recipe Walk from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Recipe Walk Participants: Atlantic News Telegraph Aunt B’s Bonnesen’s Five & Ten Store Geis Perry Jewelry Howard’s Clothing Robinson’s True Value Hardware Tinder Box The Nest Egg Unique Salon & Spa

Lighted Parade

On December 6, rally your troops and create a lighted float for the annual Lighted Christmas Parade brought to you by the Atlantic Area Chamber and Wal-Mart. Prizes are awarded, and bragging rights travel along with the two-foot trophy! For spectators, catch a horse-drawn carriage ride and visit Santa in his cabin between 3-5 pm. Then snuggle up for the fireworks, provided by Meyer & Gross Real Estate and A.M. Cohron & Son, and the Lighted Parade starting at 6 pm. Fill up with warm treats along Chestnut Street served by several community organization while shopping for loved ones on your list.

Enter a float in the Lighted Parade here.  

Holiday Concert & Angels of Christmas 

Join us at the Holiday Concert, sponsored by Bonnesen’s Five & Ten, and Angels of Christmas, sponsored by Cass County Health System, on Dec. 7 at the First Methodist Church, starting at 3 pm. Submit your nominations for Angels of Christmas, a tradition of true Christmas spirit, to the Atlantic Area Chamber by Nov 12.

Santa & Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 

Santa will be in his cabin every Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm Nov. 20 through Dec. 18, sponsored by Atlantic Rotary Club. Carriage rides and Santa’s reindeer will be in town Dec. 6 from 3-5 pm and Dec. 13 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, sponsored by First Whitney Bank & Wells Fargo.

Shop Local - Win Prizes 

Shop Atlantic, Win Prizes! 96.5 KSOM, along with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, encourage you to enter your name into the Shop Atlantic, Win Prizes boxes at sponsors listed below. Winners will be drawn live at KSOM at 8:30 am on corresponding days. Prizes of $25 in AtlantiCash will be given to winners. Some businesses may sweeten the deal and donate an extra prize.

The complete 12 Days of Christmas schedule.

Day 1: Mon., Dec. 8 - Pelgas

Day 2: Tues., Dec. 9 - Tinder Box & McCurdy Investments

Day 3: Wed., Dec. 10 - Camblin Plumbing & Heating

Day 4: Thurs., Dec. 11 - Steffens Cycle

Day 5: Fri., Dec. 12 - Atlantic Locker

Day 6: Mon., Dec. 15 - McAtee Tire

Day 7: Tues., Dec. 16 - Tinder Box

Day 8: Wed., Dec. 17 - Orscheln Farm & Home

Day 9: Thurs., Dec. 18 - Interior Touch

Day 10: Fri., Dec. 19 - Cappel's Ace Hardware

Day 11: Mon., Dec. 22 - Geis Perry Jewelry 

Day 12: Tues., Dec. 23 - Brink Flower & Gift 


Whether you're an Atlantic native, resident, or you just want an authentic small-town Christmas experience, Atlantic has the charm you're looking for.

Call for a 2014 holiday brochure 712.243.3017.

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